Ceremony / L-Shaped Man, The
Album: L-Shaped Man, The   Collection:General
Artist:Ceremony   Added:May 2015
Label:Matador Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-05-22 Pull Date: 2015-07-24
Week Ending: Jul 26 Jul 19 Jul 12 Jun 28 Jun 21 Jun 14 Jun 7 May 31
Airplays: 1 3 1 2 1 2 3 6

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 11, 2022: Everything in Particular
The Party
4. Jan 14, 2019: truth to force
2. Jun 05, 2021: Rebroadcast: Music Casserole
5. Feb 21, 2017: satin fever
Your Life In France
3. Apr 01, 2019: wig out at denny's
Your Life In France
6. Oct 22, 2016: Narnia
Root Of The World

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2015-05-23
Over their decade-long existence, Sonoma County’s Ceremony have moved far from their initial roots in powerviolence and become a post-punk band. Their newest style feels classically moody and restrained in the vein of Joy Division or The Chameleons, and the breakup-oriented lyrics match the band’s more brooding and subdued direction. This doesn’t hit the blisteringly high heights of their album Rohnert Park (check out their song “Sick” and you’ll see what I mean), but it’s gripping, tight, and surprisingly lovely. Produced by John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu). Favorites: 3, 4, 6, 8, 10. No FCCs.

1. (1:34)—Slow, sad, with just vocals and piano.
2. (3:20)—Slow, chilly, minimal—reminds me strongly of Interpol.
3. *(4:37)—Fast, driving, slightly gothic, slow to build. Long outro.
4. *(3:15)—Fast, immediate, ramps up slowly, slides into a great finale.
5. (3:48)—Slow, dissonant, ghostly, plodding.
6. *(3:32)—Medium-fast. The single. Melodramatic, poppy, catchy, cool.
7. (2:29)—Mid-tempo, bouncy, woozy, feels inexplicably 90s.
8. *(3:07)—Slow, loud. Second half feels like older Ceremony, with some actual screaming from singer Ross Farrar.
9. (3:26)—Fast, frantic, angular but not heavy.
10. *(3:27)—Mid-tempo, rousing, cutting, with group vocals.
11. (3:44)—Slow, simmering, with watery guitars.

Track Listing
1. Hibernation   6. The Separation
2. Exit Fears   7. The Pattern
3. Bleeder   8. Root Of The World
4. Your Life In France   9. The Party
5. Your Life In America   10. The Bridge
  11. The Understanding